USACE Awards $59 Million Contract to Build Wild Rice River Control Structure

Read about the contract at the USACE St. Paul District Website

Read about the contract on Sen. John Hoven’s Website


The following is a press release from Sen. John Hoeven’s Office

HOEVEN: CORPS AWARDS $59 MILLION CONTRACT FOR RED RIVER VALLEY FLOOD CONTROL PROJECT

FARGO, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after the Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $59 million construction contract for the Fargo-Moorhead region’s flood protection project, the second construction contract awarded for the project. Today’s contract will build the Wild Rice River structure, which includes a concrete control structure with two gates. As a member of the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Committee, Hoeven secured additional funding in the Corps construction account, enabling the Corps to fund priority construction projects like this.

`“This is a major step forward in the construction of permanent flood protection for the Red River Valley,” said Senator Hoeven. “As a member of the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Committee, I worked to provide the Corps with additional construction funding to enable the Corps to fund important priorities like flood protection for the Fargo-Moorhead region. This contract continues construction and will build the control structure on the Wild Rice River, which is an important component of the flood protection project.”

Hoeven has worked to secure authorization and funding for the permanent flood protection project in the Red River Valley, including project authorization, the new construction start, the Project Partnership Agreement with an increased federal funding level of $750 million, EPA approval to apply for a Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan and other milestones.

The senator continues working as a member of the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Committee to secure funding that will help reduce local costs. To this end, Hoeven included the following priorities in the Senate’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 funding legislation:

  • Construction Funding: Provides $233 million in funding above the President’s request for construction of flood control projects. These funds are not allocated to a specific project and will be available to support Corps priorities in the FY2020 work plan, which will be released approximately 30 days after the FY20 Energy and Water appropriations bill is signed into law. This increase will empower the Corps to support more of its priorities, like comprehensive flood protection for the Fargo-Moorhead region.
  • Funding for P3 Projects: Provides $100 million for construction in a new account for “Alternative Delivery” projects, including public-private-partnership (P3) projects and split delivery projects. Fargo-Moorhead would be eligible for funding from this account in addition to the construction funding the bill provides above the budget request for flood control projects.
    • This is a result of Hoeven’s work to provide direct funding for P3s. P3s represent a new type of financing model for the Army Corps of Engineers and have not been included in previous budget requests

 


The following is a press release from the St. Paul District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Corps awards its second contract for Fargo-Moorhead diversion project

Published Nov. 28, 2019

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, awarded a $59,448,550.00 contract to Ames Construction, Inc. of Burnsville, Minnesota, to complete the Wild Rice River structure portion of the Fargo, North Dakota/Moorhead, Minnesota, Metropolitan Area Flood Risk Management Project, late Nov. 27, 2019.

The contract for the Wild Rice River structure is the second construction contract to be awarded by the federal government for the Fargo-Moorhead diversion project. The contract includes construction of a concrete control structure with two gates that will regulate Wild Rice River flows into the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area and is located approximately 7 miles south of Fargo-Moorhead (or approximately 1 mile south of St. Benedict, North Dakota). Funding for this work was included in the Corps of Engineers Fiscal Year 2019 Work Plan.

“This is a very important milestone for the project,” said Col. Karl Jansen, St. Paul District commander. “It marks the continuation of federal construction and another major step towards permanent flood risk management for the Fargo-Moorhead area.”

This congressionally authorized project is a 30-mile long diversion channel in North Dakota with upstream staging. The plan includes a 21-mile long southern embankment, 19 highway bridges, four railroad bridges, three gated control structures and two aqueduct structures.

The Corps is working in partnership on this project with the cities of Fargo and Moorhead and the Metro Flood Diversion Authority. This project provides flood risk reduction for more than 230,000 people and 70 square miles of infrastructure in the communities of Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo, Horace and Harwood.

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